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Home » Air Conditioning & Heating » Indoor Air Quality » Duct Testing and Sealing
How often do you think about the ducts in your home? Probably not very often, we’re willing to bet. After all, they’re designed to be inconspicuous. However, that doesn’t mean that you should ignore them entirely. Despite their lack of moving parts, ducts develop problems just like any other HVAC system. In fact, duct issues are in many ways worse than other HVAC issues because they tend to go unnoticed for a long time. That means that your ducts might be costing you money right now without you realizing it.
If you want to make sure that your ducts are in good condition and providing optimal indoor air quality, you should have them tested and sealed every couple of years. Environment Masters, Inc. offers comprehensive duct testing and sealing services throughout Jackson, MS. If you have leaky ducts, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our experts. Trusted. Since 1957.
Why You Should Have Your Ducts Tested and Sealed
The single most common (and most costly) problem for ducts is developing leaks. Years of expanding and contracting with the temperature of the air will often cause leaks to form in the joints between duct sections. Believe it or not, animal activity is also a common cause of leaky ducts. Though duct leaks are often quite small individually, they can add up very quickly. In fact, the US Department of Energy has found that leaky ducts are responsible for output losses of up to 30% in climate control systems. That’s output that you’re still paying for, so you can imagine how costly that can quickly become.
If you want to lower the cost of heating and air conditioning your home on an annual basis, it’s a very good idea to make sure that your ducts are properly sealed. You don’t have to do it all the time, but if you neglect it entirely you’re definitely going to be wasting a lot of money.
How to Test Ducts
Before you can have the ducts sealed, they have to be tested to identify leaky areas. Testing ducts can be done in a variety of ways, but the most common is to use a special blower to pressurize them. Then, special tools are used to pinpoint where air is leaking out of the ducts. Once that is done, the sealing can commence.
Professional Duct Sealing Services in Jackson, MS
Sealing ducts can also be done in different ways, depending on the type of duct and the severity of the leak. The most common method is to use mastic, which is a kind of epoxy. The mastic is molded to fill in the leak and seal it. Once dry, the material will be able to flex with the duct without cracking, ensuring a long–lasting seal. Occasionally, the mastic is supplemented with regulation duct tape to help strengthen it.
No matter what state your ducts are currently in, Environment Masters, Inc. can make sure that they are restored to top operating condition. Healthy ducts make your climate control systems much more efficient, and your home more comfortable. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.